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Imperialism today

17 October 2019 at 7:00 pm9:00 pm

In today’s world, inter-imperialist rivalries are leading to growing tension and conflict, intensified oppression and countless new victims. Whether it is the US threatening Iran or seeking to push back China’s growing power, India’s brutal assault on Kashmir, or the rivalry between regional and global powers in Syria – imperialism remains at the heart of how capitalist states operate.

Consequently, the Marxist analysis of imperialism remains of huge relevance. But in the complex, supposedly ‘multi-polar’ world we now live in, it becomes harder to apply that analysis in a straightforward way.

What can Marxist ideas do to help explain the complexities of today’s imperalism – not just the dangers of conflict and the oppression of subjugation of peoples, but the nature of economic rivalries?

This meeting delves into the question of how imperalism operates today. Attendees are encouraged to read the following three short texts. As ever, not reading will not be a barrier to discussion.

Rob Owen’s wide-ranging piece for rs21’s website sets the scene by restating the basics of Marxist theory about imperalism and applying it today: https://www.rs21.org.uk/2014/09/08/the-changing-face-of-imperialism/

This chapter from Rosa Luxmberg’s ‘The Accumulation of Capital’ discusses protective tariffs and their relationship to inter-imperalisist competition: https://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1913/accumulation-capital/ch31.htm

Finally, a transcript of Burkino Faso leader Thomas Sankara’s speech in 1987 to the Organisation of African Unity deals with how debt has been used to colonise countries in the global south: https://www.viewpointmag.com/2018/02/01/united-front-debt-1987/


17 October 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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